A Child’s First Book on Evolution

This is a neat project.

Matt Cubberly wrote a book introducing children to evolution via poetry and neat illustrations by May Villani. It’s called Evolutionary Tales and they’re raising funds for it on Kickstarter:



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Why Humanists Must Care About Civil Rights

After more than a decade serving as the executive director of the American Humanist Association, Roy Speckhardt has witnessed and helped create the demographic shift away from organized religion. He also knows the questions atheists will have to answer moving forward: What now? Sure, we don’t believe in a God, but what do we do with that information? How will it inform our decisions?

He just wrote a book attempting to answer those questions: Creating Change Through Humanism (Humanist Press, 2015):



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A Former Christian Shares Why She Stopped Taking Her Kids to Church

Lori Arnold McFarlane used to be an evangelical Christian — and a very happy one at that. But a few years ago, after she openly mocked Harold Camping and his followers for warning people about the end of the world, she realized there really wasn’t much of a difference in their beliefs. The other side just attached a definitive date to an event she believed would happen in her lifetime. It wasn’t long before her faith in God disappeared completely.

She writes about that transition in a really beautiful memoir called The Last Petal Falling (CreateSpace, 2015):

Even though she had doubts of her own, McFarlane was intent on raising her three children to attend church and love Jesus. In the excerpt below, she writes about why she changed her mind about all that:

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How a Former Chaplain Ditched Her Faith and Helped Others Get Away from God

A decade ago, Catherine Dunphy was on her way to becoming a religious leader, having already been a Roman Catholic student chaplain… but that changed when she began to have doubts about God. Her journey out of religion led her to start (and lead) the Clergy Project to help others pastors out of the pulpit — she was one of the original members and its eventual Executive Director.

She tells her story in a new book called From Apostle to Apostate: The Story of the Clergy Project (Pitchstone Publishing, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Dunphy talks about why shedding her faith is more complicated than just not believing in God:

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The Million-Dollar Abortion Crowdfunding Campaign Was a Giant Publicity Stunt

Remember the anonymous woman who said she would go ahead with her planned abortion unless pro-lifers raised $1 million (which she said would be put in a trust fund for the child)?

Turns out it was a hoax. A great big publicity stunt.



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